Health & Medicine

December 19, 2012

Registered nurses will picket Kaiser hospitals

Registered nurses say they will picket 21 Kaiser Permanente hospitals stretching from from Santa Rosa to Fresno today, protesting what they say is inadequate nurse staffing in emergency care and other hospital areas.

The nurses also contend that patients are being turned away from needed care.

In a prepared statement, Kaiser's senior vice president for human resourses, Gay Westfall, said the union's "claims have little to do with facts, and are a tremendous disservice to the outstanding work being done each and every day by our nurses, physicians and staff on behalf of our members and patients."

In the Sacramento area, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United said picketing will occur at Sacramento Medical Center, 2025 Morse Ave.; South Sacramento Medical Center, 6600 Bruceville Road; and Roseville Medical Center at 1600 Eureka Road. Picketing at all 21 hospitals will be from 2 to 6 p.m.

Nurses say they are calling on Kaiser to immediately address short staffing, admit all patients who need care and staff hospitals with community-based, permanently scheduled RNs instead of relying heavily on temporary/travel RNs.

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